“Formula one will be not far ahead of GP2 and the Renault World Series”
The sound of F1 engines in Abu Dhabi will resume on Tuesday.
Barely a day after Kimi Raikkonen won Sunday’s thrilling grand prix at Yas Marina, the track will return to life on Tuesday when the final three day ‘young driver test’ begins. Six teams have already run their young driver days this year, so just Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus, Sauber, Toro Rosso and Caterham have stayed behind in Abu Dhabi for the session.
Alain Prost has admitted he can imagine former rival Michael Schumacher extending his career into a twentieth season in 2013.
When asked about Schumacher’s deliberations now that he has been ousted by Mercedes, Frenchman Prost answered: “I was not particularly positive when he returned (in 2010). I don’t quite understand why.
A favourite for victory this weekend, Pastor Maldonado is reportedly lucky to be gearing up to race in the Principality at all.
Bild newspaper recalls that the Venezuelan, who defied his ‘pay driver’ critics by winning for Williams in Spain two weeks ago, was actually banned after an horror incident on the streets of Monte Carlo seven years ago.
Like Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey, Magnussen will also work in McLaren’s state-of-the-art simulator.
In 1995, Denmark’s Jan Magnussen – also a former McLaren test driver – made his formula one race debut with a one-off McLaren seat. He moved on to contest 24 grands prix with Stewart until he was stepped down for poor performances in 1998.
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